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Series 6 | A Finding Aid to the Gifford Beal sketches, sketchbooks and papers, 1889-2001, bulk 1900-1954 | Digitized Collection

Gifford Beal sketches, sketchbooks and papers, 1889-2001, bulk 1900-1954

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Series 6: Artwork, circa 1900-1951
3.3 linear feet
Boxes 2-9; OV 10, 13-20 and rolled documents 21 and 22

Artwork includes sketchbooks, loose sketches in a variety of media, and prints.
The Artwork series is arranged by type of material into 3 subseries:
6.1: Sketchbooks, circa 1900-1943
6.2: Loose Sketches, circa 1900-1951
6.3: Prints, circa 1900-1939
The bulk of this series has been scanned. Items which have not been scanned due to size, format or fragility are some large format pastel drawings, rolled mural studies and sketches on carbon paper.
6.1:Sketchbooks, circa 1900-1943 and undated
This series contains 78 sketchbooks with pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink, and wash sketches, drawings, and studies.
Subjects are similar to those found in Beal's paintings, with many life drawings, casual sitters (probably family members), circus scenes, marine subjects, genre scenes, cityscapes, landscapes, and buildings. Two sketchbooks contain significant writings: one appears to be a lecture about art education, possibly written around 1925, and the other contains diary entries dated 1942. Scattered annotations regarding color are found throughout the sketchbooks. A sketchbook belonging to Gifford Beal, Jr., contains a couple of sketches by Gifford Beal, Sr. as well.
Where possible, sketchbooks are arranged chronologically, but the majority of dates were estimated during processing, and many remain undated. Date estimates are based largely on women's attire in drawings and the assumption that they were drawn from life and not retrospectively. Each group of sketchbooks is arranged by size, from small to large.
DescriptionContainer
Sketchbook, circa 1900
2
12
Sketchbook, circa 1902
2
13
Sketchbook, circa 1908
2
14
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-1910
Oversized material housed in Box 5
2
15
Sketchbooks, before 1920
Oversized material housed in Box 5
2
16
Sketchbooks, Before 1920
2
17
Sketchbook with Autobiographical Writings, circa 1925
2
18
Sketchbook, circa 1928
2
19
Sketchbooks, circa 1920-1929
18 volumes; oversized material housed in Boxes 6 and 7 and OV 13
2
20
Sketchbooks, circa 1930-1939
3 volumes; oversized material housed in Box 7
2
21
Sketchbook with Diary Entries, circa 1942
2
22
Sketchbook, circa 1943
2
23
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
42 volumes; oversized material housed in Boxes 8 and 9 and OV 13
2
24
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
25
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
26
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
27
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
28
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
29
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
30
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
31
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
32
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
33
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
34
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
35
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
36
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
37
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
38
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
39
Sketchbooks, circa 1900-circa 1943
2
40
Sketchbook by Gifford Beal, Jr. (son), circa 1930-1931
Oversized material housed in Box 9
2
41
Oversized Sketchbooks scanned with Box 2, Folders 15 and 17
5
Oversized Sketchbooks scanned with Box 2, folder 20
6
Oversized Sketchbooks scanned with Box 2, folders 20-21
7
Oversized Sketchbooks scanned with Box 2, folder 40
8
Oversized Sketchbooks scanned with Box 2, folders 40-41
9
Oversized Sketchbooks scanned with Box 2, folders 20 and 40
OV 13
6.2:Loose Sketches, circa 1900-1951
Loose sketches are found in a variety of media including pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel, and watercolor, and are generally unsigned and undated. Subjects are similar to those found in sketchbooks, although loose sketches are found on a variety of supports including wood board, carbon paper, and canvas. Most sketches on paper are arranged by broad subject categories, listed in the folder listing. A 1928 sketch signed illegibly by an artist other than Beal is found with Figure sketches. Most of the sketches have been digitized, however, items too large or too fragile to be handled have not been scanned.
Sketches on supports other than paper are filed separately. Sketches on carbon paper seem to have been made as a preliminary process and re-used. Large pastel and ink sketches on board range from studies to finished drawings, including several genre scenes that may have been preliminary drawings for Beal's murals. Oil sketches on board range in size from approximately 3x5 to 11x17 inches and include landscapes, marine subjects, still lifes and figures. Unlike other loose sketches, almost all of the oil sketches on wood board are signed or initialed, and one is dated 1914. Pastel drawings on canvas may have been preliminary drawings, or cartoons, for murals. All depict dancing figures in a romantic style, and one canvas is signed by Beal.
Additional sketches are found in the Print Materials series, and scattered illustrated letters are found in Correspondence.
DescriptionContainer
Figures, 1921, 1928, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 14
2
42
Genre Drawings, undated
2
43
Still Lifes, 1947, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 14
2
44
Landscapes and Architecture, 1951, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 14
2
45
Marine Subjects, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 14
2
46
Hands and Other Studies, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 14
2
47
Animals and Circus Scenes, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 14
2
48
Mural Studies, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 14, and RD 21-22
2
49
Mural Studies for Princeton Murals, circa 1943
Oversized material housed in OV 14
2
50
Large Pastel and Ink Sketches on Wood Board, undated
Oversized material housed in OVs 15-16
2
51
Oil Sketches on Wood Board, 1914, undated
Oversized material housed in Boxes 3-4
2
52
Pastel Drawings on Canvas, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 17, 18, and 19
2
53
Sketches on Carbon Paper, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 20
2
54
Oil Sketches on Wood Board
Oversized material scanned with Box 2, folder 52
3
Oil Sketches on Wood Board
Oversized material scanned with Box 2, folder 52
4
Oversized Loose Sketches scanned with Box 2, folders 42, 44-50
OV 14
Oversized Pastel and Ink Sketches on Wood Board scanned with Box 2, Folder 51
OV 15
Oversized Pastel and Ink Sketches on Wood Board scanned with Box 2, Folder 51
OV 16
Oversized Pastel Drawings on Canvas scanned with Box 2, folder 53
OV 17
Oversized Pastel Drawings on Canvas scanned with Box 2, Folder 53
OV 18
Oversized Pastel Drawings on Canvas scanned with Box 2, Folder 53
OV 19
Oversized Sketches on Carbon Paper scanned with Box 2, Folder 54
OV 20
Oversized Mural Studies scanned with Box 2, Folder 49
RD 21
Oversized Mural Studies scanned with Box 2, Folder 49
RD 22
6.3:Prints, circa 1900-1939 and undated
Most of the prints are the work of artists other than Beal and are signed. Original prints are found by Arthur B. Davies, Rockwell Kent, Muirhead Bone, and Denys Wortman. Among the unsigned prints, two appear to be antique, and one is a cancellation proof which may have been made by Beal.
DescriptionContainer
Prints by Arthur B. Davies, circa 1900-1920
Oversized material housed in OV 10
2
55
Print by Rockwell Kent, 1925
Oversized material housed in OV 10
2
56
Print by Muirhead Bone, circa 1900-1910
2
57
Prints by Denys Wortman, circa 1930-1939
Oversized material housed in OV 10
2
58
Unsigned Prints, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 10
2
59
Oversized Prints scanned with Box 2, folders 55, 56, 58, 59
OV 10

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